Old Town #179979 15


Curious about Wooden Canoes
Can someone help me with ID and info on this Old Town canoe please?

SN 179979 15

Appears to be a 15’ trapper type from 1960’s.

Seems to be fiberglass covered not canvas, originally painted Pale Blue. Could this covering be original?

The deck plate decal is the 1940-1950 style shown on the WCHA bookstore site with White (yellowed) background, red board/banner with black OTC script letters.


The Old Town canoe with serial number 179979 is a 15 foot long Trapper model with a keel. It was built between January and May, 1968. The original exterior fiberglass was painted pale blue. It shipped on March 28th, 1969 to the Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. A scan of this build record can be found by following the link behind the attached thumbnail image below.

This scan was created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. Additional information about the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/catalogs/old-town/records/ if you want more details. I hope that you will renew your membership to the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.html to join.

The deck plate decal usage dates are approximate so it is not unusual to find an older one or a newer canoe like this.

It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description don't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.



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Thanks again Benson,

That's exactly what I expected. The info matches the canoe.

Was it at all "common" for Old Town to fiberglass Trappers and others in the late 60's instead of using canvas?

Wishing it was canvased,